God, What Are You Trying to Teach Me? | Job 38:1-5
Job 38:1-5 Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said: "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?
It is often in our storms that we hear the voice of God most clearly. C. S. Lewis said it well:
God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pain. It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
True, isn’t it? We hear God in the storms of loss, discouragement, failure, uncertainty, and disappointment. In our passage today Job hears the clear “shouts” of God.
Job has been through hell on earth. He lost all his material possessions, his ten children, and his health. Job’s wife told him to curse God and die. And Job’s friends…well, let’s just say with friends like Job’s, who needs enemies. Now it’s God turn to speak. I want Him to come and put His arms around Job and let him know everything is going to be alright. I want Him to come with comfort. Quite honestly, after all Job has been through, God’s “Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me” sounds…can I say it…a little harsh. But remember, the anchor we hold onto during the difficult times is God’s character. He is all-loving…even when He tells us to “brace” ourselves.
In our passage today, God is reminding Job why He can be trusted. He is eternal—there was never a time when He was not; there will never be a time when He is not. Job’s days on earth amount show up as the tiniest of specks on the infinite timeline. He is independent—He depends on no one or no thing for His existence. He didn’t need Job to hold one end of the tape measure when He marked off the dimensions of the earth. He is the creator—whatever exists is created by and sustained by His gracious hand. God knew well that the answer to Job’s questions was not “Why?” but “Who?” When we understand the “Who?” behind all our life is God…that knowledge translates into trust.
Lord, our prayer today is this—Let our knowledge of who you are allow us to trust you every step of this journey we call life. In Christ’s Name. Amen.